Let’s face it. Everyone goes through setbacks and tough times. It is part of life. Some of these things are unpredictable and out of our control. Through these times, many people resort to drugs, alcohol, and other addictive substances to cope with their emotions and hurtful feelings. However, this is a short-term solution to a long-term problem. You should try and solve the cause, not the symptom. Fitness is one of those things that helps a lot of people with their addiction. It helps them with the whole recovery process in general. In this article, I am going to be breaking down a few ways how fitness can help you with your addiction recovery.
1. Getting mind off of topic
Part of solving your addiction is staying away from it and getting your mind off of it as much as possible. In general, we typically become what we focus on. When you are focused on your addiction through a tough time, you are just digging yourself into a deeper hole. You are fueling the addiction rather than solving it. When you become obsessed and committed to fitness, you get into the habit of improving yourself in all areas of your life. This is very powerful.
2. Improving yourself
Like I said earlier, fitness allows you to grow as a person. You are breaking downs your body and then building it back up again. Fitness will become your new addiction. You will be so obsessed with improving your body that you won’t have time for your addiction anymore. You will be focused on eating a clean and healthy diet, tracking your weight every morning, and pushing forward to see progress. In the end, you will take that addictive instinct and apply it to the gym.
3. Relieves and reduces stress
As we go throughout our day, our body builds up both physical stress and physiological stress. This comes with everyday work and some of it may come from battling your addiction. Many people use fitness as an outlet to ultimately reduce and relieve that stress. Fitness alleviates the tension in your body, allowing you to through negative emotions out the window and focus on improving your physique. After all, this is what you are at the gym for. The energy you use when lifting is both emotional and physical. In the end, this helps a lot.
4. Brain Boost
While you are exercising, your brain is releasing tons of endorphins in your brain. Endorphins are basically natural painkillers. These endorphins create this natural high in your body which feels really good. These same endorphins are the ones released while you are abusing substances. This is why I say that you can become addicted to fitness. These endorphins will not only make you feel better emotionally and physiologically but they will also help regulate your brain chemistry in a healthy way. The endorphins also seem to improve mood.
5. Improved outlook on life
The biggest thing that fitness can bring to your lifestyle is a boost in self-confidence. I don’t know what situation you might be in but a lack of self-confidence may be the reason why you turned to substances in the first place. As you workout and begin to see progress, you will have a feeling of accomplishment and your self-worth will go up tremendously. In my personal opinion, working out is the single best thing that you can do to boost your self-esteem. Overall, this will allow you to feel good about all areas of your life. As you start to improve your body, other areas of your life will also improve. You will begin to gain clarity as working out tends to reduce brain fog. In the end, working out definitely improves your overall outlook on life and on yourself. You will have more energy, you will sleep better, and you will make your addiction recovery more attainable as your fitness goal will be reinforced by the progress you are making.
In the end, fitness has many positive effects on the body. It can not only improve your physique but it can also steer you away from your addiction, whether that be substance abuse or alcoholism. It really is a natural cure for your whole body. It’s important to remember, though, that while a fitness routine is a good tool for recovery, you may need to seek professional treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.